Tuesday May 15, 2018 - Wednesday May 16, 2018

The Library at UC San Diego

Registration is now full for this workshop

Please contact: Austin.Chad.Hill@Dartmouth.edu to be placed on a waitlist

This free workshop explores technical aspects and research applications of declassified, Cold War-era CORONA satellite imagery.  In operation from 1960-1972, the CORONA satellite program collected over 860,000 images across the entire globe, all of which are now publicly available through the USGS.  These extraordinary, high-resolution images preserve a unique picture of the world as it appeared a half-century ago, and have become a critical research tool in archaeology, environmental science, geography and other disciplines.  Despite the unrivaled value of CORONA for global-scale landscape reconstruction, technical challenges involved in correcting the extreme spatial distortions contained in raw imagery has long presented a hurdle to researchers.

This workshop, led by the directors of the CORONA Atlas ProjectProf. Jesse Casana (Dartmouth) and Prof. Jackson Cothren (University of Arkansas), will offer training in all aspects of using CORONA imagery.  From acquiring the best images, to correcting distortions using a powerful new online service called Sunspot, to stereo analysis and surface model generation, the workshop will provide participants with all the skills needed to unlock the hidden potential of CORONA imagery and to apply this resource in their own research.

There is no cost to participate in the CORONA workshop, but space is limited so registration is required. The workshop is made possible through support from the American Council of Learned Societies and is hosted by the the UC San Diego Library,  in collaboration with the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies (CAST) at the University of Arkansas and the Spatial Archaeometry Lab (SPARCL) at Dartmouth College.

Future workshops will be held at the University of Arkansas.

Preliminary Schedule

Tuesday, May 15th:

9-10:30am      CORONA Imagery 101

                         History of the CORONA program

                         Research Applications of CORONA imagery

                         Technical aspects of CORONA sensors and imagery

                         Practicum #1: Selecting and acquiring CORONA images from EarthExplorer

10:30-11am    Coffee Break

11-12:30pm    Sunspot and CORONA Orthorectification

                         Photogrammetry Theory

                         Correcting distortions in CORONA imagery

                         Practicum #2: Orthorectification using Sunspot

12:30-2pm      Lunch Break

2-3:30pm        Practicum #2 (cont.): Orthorectification using Sunspot

3:30-5pm        Indivudal research project consultations


Wednesday, May 16th:

9-10:30am      Exploring the CORONA Atlas

                         Practicum #3: CORONA imagery in ArcGIS or Q-GIS

10:30-11:00     Coffee Break

11-12:30          CORONA in 3D

                         Practicum #4: Stereo Analysis of CORONA imagery

12:30-2pm      Lunch Break

2-3:30pm        Digital Surface Model (DSM) generation from CORONA imagery

                         Practicum #5: DSM extraction using AgiSoft Photoscan

3:30-5pm        Individual research project consultations